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Xbox Live ditching Xbox 1 support

Even for 360-compatible stuff and Originals.

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Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue Xbox Live support for original Xbox consoles and games on 15th April.

This not only applies to the old consoles, but also to Xbox games that are compatible with Xbox 360 and Xbox Originals.

"I want to start by saying this isn't a decision we made lightly, but after careful consideration, it is clear this will provide the greatest benefit to the Xbox Live community," Microsoft's Marc Whitten wrote in an open letter announcing the change.

"Your Xbox Live community has grown to 23 million strong. And as we look down the road, we'll continue to evolve the service with features and experiences that harness the full power of Xbox 360.

"To reach our aspiration, we need to make changes to the service that are incompatible with our original Xbox v1 games. We will contact the Xbox Live members directly impacted by this change and if this includes you, I encourage you to check your Live messages and associated e-mail account over the coming weeks for more details and opportunities."

Xbox Live launched for the original console on 17th November 2002 with support from games like MechAssault, Unreal Championship and MotoGP.

But by far the most popular game on the service was Halo 2, which has held firm at the top of the most-played charts on Major Nelson's website pretty much solidly since its release.

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